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Issue 39 · Modern Simplicity · September 29, 2009

Steal This Look: Wheeler Kerns Kitchen

Issue 39 · Modern Simplicity · September 29, 2009

The architects of yesterday's Architect Visit: Wheeler Kerns in Chicago provided us with a blueprint for recreating the minimalist kitchen in their recent project.

Above: The architects used white oak veneer fronts on the kitchen cabinets and butcherblock for the countertops (with a custom stainless inset that includes an integral drainboard and sink). The custom exterior doors and windows are by Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors, and the floors are hand-troweled, hand-sealed concrete.

Carvaggio P3 Large Pendant Light from Remodelista

Above: In both the upper and lower levels of the house the architects used the Carvaggio P3 Large Pendant Light in white; $725 at YLighting.

5-inch Compact Fluorescents by Iris at Remodelista

Above: The recessed lights are 5-inch Compact Fluorescents by Iris; $76.80 each for model E5TWWB at Lightology. Many models and configurations available; check with a contractor for the correct model depending on placement, wiring, and the like.

Above: The cabinet pulls are Sugatsune's SN-70/S-Satin Pull; $6.38 each at Alema Hardware.

Above: The KWC Systema Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Faucet (model KWC 10.501.164.727); $1,272 at eFaucets.

Above: The Little Butler Hot/Cold Filtered Water Dispenser (LB2080) in Satin Nickel by Franke; $590 at Abt.

Karnataka Bowl at Remodelista

Above: The Karnataka Bowl mimics the look of the dark Indonesian bowl pictured in the above photos; $144.99 at Sundance.


Above: The Pots & Pans Collection by Jasper Morrison for Alessi is constructed with 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminum and AISI 430 magnetic steel radiating base and features glazed interiors, polished exteriors, and spot-welded handles. From $62 for a small saucepan to $212 for a three-piece pasta set; an eight-piece set is $400 at Lumens.

Picardie Glasses

Above: The large Picardie Glasses can be stacked on the shelf to save space; $25 for a set of six at Design Within Reach.


Above: In the Chicago kitchen, the owners stack their dishware within easy reach; try Anna Dinnerware from Crate and Barrel for a similar look; $250 for a 16-piece (includes four place settings) set. (also see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for a wider selection).

Above: The Eames Molded Plastic Rocker provides lounge seating in the Chicago kitchen; $479 at Design Within Reach.

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